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New Series Volume 8, Number 11 

Local band 
scene often 


Issue 1x1 

Off and running 

Lead singer Rob West per- 
forms urith his band Sluide 

By Rob West 

Staff Writer 

M\ mother used to say, 
^You'll never know if you 
like something if you don't 
give it a chance. What's the 
worst that can happen?" 

Think it you never tried a 
new food or went into a new 
store. Most of vou made a 
decision to try something new 
by choosing a college that 
could be in a different city or 
state. Will that workout for 
you? Did you make the right 
decision? Onlv time w ill tell. 
I! we are able to make lift 
altering decisions, what could 
il hurt U> give some person music a chance? 

Remember, all your 
favorite cover songs at one 
lime started out as some strug- 
gling band's original music. 

An aspect of Tuscaloosa that 
is often underrated and over- 
looked is the music scene. 
Believe it or not. 

See Band 

Page 7 

Photo' Brandon Lovctt 

Lady Bucs soccer player Krista McMillan kicks her way to Shelton's victory over 
Gulf Coast Community College. The Lady Bucs are off to a 3-2 start. See page four 
for the rest of the soccer story. 

Sandra Ray refutes claim of 
low college participation 

Taking aim at a figure 
making the rounds in the busi- 
ni ector of TuscaJ<x>sa that 
onlv 20 percent of Alabama 
high school graduates attend 
c( allege. School Hoard 
Member Sandra H. Ray 
stopped by at Shelton to cite 
figures compiled by the 
Alabama Council on Higher 

"1 knew that couldn'l be 
riuht when I heard it." aim- 
mented Ra\ about the 20 per- 
cent rate Of college matricul; 
tion. Those are the sorts of 

numbers people start throwing 
about and the next thing you 

know thev become fact, I 
wanted to set the record 

According to ACHH. 48- 
57 percent of Alabama public 
school students go on to me 
form of higher education. 

Ray said there is another 
notion being; floated about— 
that the public schools have 

See Ray 

Page 3 

September 14— **£# *oc4 


seeks student 


Photo/Amy R Oswalt 

Shelter* students speak to a 
representative from the Army 
on Sept. J at Get on Board 
Day. Die event was sponsored 
by Phi Tlieta Knppa for the 
purpose of informing students 
oti ways to get involved. 

B> Josh Wilson 

Staff" Writer 

Shelton State kicked off 
the new school year on Aug. 
23— the first day of class— 
with free "Welcome Back" 
cookies and drinks in the atri- 
um, provided by the Shelton 
State Foundation, 

The hundreds of students 
who filtered b\ picking up the 
hiehl\ regarded treats and 8 
o/. mini -cans seemed to 

appreciate the gesture. 

For mam of the students 
hanging about the atrium, lb 

give-aways were seen as a 

w a\ for Shelton State U > foster 
a college life. 

Comments the\ made 

seemed to indicate the diffi- 
cult) and vagueness of "com- 
munity** within the college. Is 

See College 

Pa°:e 7 


The Courier 

•Big Bash scheduled for Sept. 16... page 2 

• Kritix comments on recording piracy... 
page 5 

• Don't be idle— be an idol page 6 
•And much more! 

Look for the sales, discount coupons and special notices in the Courier's ads. For advertising information, call 391-2278 

Page 2 

^liclton £3>tatc Conner 

Sept 14-28, 2004 


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Annual Bash is a blast 

Suite I 


The Shelton 

Foundation will host its annu- 
al Barbeque Hash on 

Ihursdus. Sept. 16 in the 
Martin Campus atrium. 

The B will include a 
silent auction and barbeque 
dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 
p.m.. and will nelude with 
Bingo from 7 p.m. until 9 p.n 
Tickets for the Bash are $20 
and include dinner and four 
Bingo cards. 

This year's event promises 
to be an occasion the whole 
family can enjoy, items to be 
auctioned include antiques, 
artwork, jewelry, dinner, 
sports memorabilia, a golf 
outing, foe cars and a pick 
up. Gift Certificates and din- 
ners are among the counties- 
door prizes which w ill also be 
given away. 

All proceeds from this 
event go to Foundation *s 
scholarship fund. 

Fiftv students benefit from 


Shelton State Community 
College Foundation Endowed 


A targe and enthusiastic crowd 
sitow> up evay year for the 

Foundation s Barbeque Bask. 

scholarships eadl year. 

The Shelton State 

Community College 

Foundation is the oldest and 
among the largest foundations 
in the Stale of Alabama two 
year College svstem. 

Work of the Foundation 
has helped to make Shelton 
Suite one of the premier com- 
munis colleges in Alabama. 

For more information, 
please contact the Shelton 
State Communis College 
Foundation at 205/391-2298. 

Hillcrest Middle School Danceline 

Vic Danceline at Hillcmi Middle School, one of Shelton State 

dopt-a-SchooU, held its camp on tin w$ of Shelton State 

tlii> summer. Pictured are (front row L-R) Ashley Chamber 
Brooke Davis, Kristma Roberts, Laura Harris; | ond rov -R) 
Grace Spencer, Lacy Colbiun. Leah Johns, Myranda Brown, Mary 
kathryn Patterson; (back nrar L-R) Ashhm Ginty, Beth Giovt 


Mffttie Bonds, Caitiin Crowe, Cow tiny Dover, Dipt! Swigi 
Ginger Dunn and Ututeey Hamrick 

**Mi^ %^ **%* 

A representative from the University 
of Alabama will be in the Shelton 
State Martin Campus atrium on: 

Monday, September 20 8:30-10:30 

Tuesday, October 16 4:00-6:00 
Monday, November 15 8:30-10:30 

by AnTonio Nevels 

The short-sighted actions 
of some students could 

affect us all 

Financial Aid was created 
- help students w ho don't 
have the money for college. 
According to Dean of 
Students Tommv I avlor. 

approximately 69 percent of 

Snellen's students are on 
financial aid. At this same 
lime last \ ear an estimated 
8.989 students attended 
shelton. an increase of over 
2.200 students from the pre\ i- 
ous year. 

If you do the math you 
can see at the bare minimum 
6.9(X) students were on finan- 
cial aid in the fall o( last year. 
Last year there w as a 3 1 per- 
cent dropout rate. 

After paying for their 
books, supplies, etc., students 
who receive financial aid 
receive the rest of their 
money through the mail. A 
former student of the school, 
w ho wishes not to be named, 
told me what he would do 

"Well icrthes mailed 
me my check. 1 just dropped 
the rest of m\ classes and 


spent the m< me) on other 
Stuff. All you ha\ e to do is go 

to \ our first day of class then 
vou're all right." 

When asked if he fell 
guilt) about w hat he had 
done he replied, using an 
expletive. "No! Wh hould I 
care? I mean, if thc\ "re stupid 

enough to give it to sou. then 

why not lake advantage of it? 

Easv cash dude. You cant tell 
me it wouldn't be nice to 
have an extra $500 in >our 
pocket* 1 

However, not everyone 

who drops out of school does 
it for this reason. Some stu- 
dents may leave because of 
family problems, job oprx >rtu- 
nilics, marriage, etc. those 
are the things that can't be 
avoided and are deemed 
"acceptable." but what the 
others do is simplx reprehen- 


It isn't as if those students 
who do this one time and 
slop. Student Katrice 
Richardson says that pet )pie 
have told her on different 
occasions that thev *ve done it 
more than once. 

It isn't as if those who 
have been around for a while 
are the onl\ ones doing it In 
fact first-time freshmen are 
doing this as well. 

On my first da\ of class I 
was sitting in the atrium and 
there were just hundreds oi' 
students walking around. A 
girl that I used to work with 
was sitting across from me. 
After talking about five min- 
utes. I said something to the 
effect ( if, " There are a lot of 
people in this school." She 
imph replied. "After the\ 

AnTonio Nevels is a sopho- 
more at Shelton State. 

get their checks, half of them 
won't be here." 

The biggest worry with 
this phenomenon is a fear of 

everyone being stripped of 

their financial aid because of 
the acts of a few selfish indi- 

Dean Taylor provided a 
few words of perspective. 

"Violations of academic 
standards of progress for 
financial aid can adversely 
affect indi\ idual students who 
have abused the policy or did 
not understand the implica- 
tions of receiving funds. The 
most useful reined)' for this 
problem is for students to 
understand the guidelines. 
The federal guidelines for stu- 
dents receiving Fell grants are 
l er\ explicit and students 
have to adhere bo the require 
ments or risk losing their 
financial aid awards. Students 
have to understand that col- 
leges must follow these 

guidelines and [h<.\ they as 

V ' tor 

students have the responsibili- 
ty of contacting financial aid 
with questions and concerns 
about their eligibility and 





Amy P. Oswalt 

Art Director 

Sherry Snow 


Brandon Lovett 

Staff Writers 

AnTonio Nevels 


Dr. Jim Kenny 

Business Manager 

Amy P. Oswalt 

The Shelton State 
Courier is a campus 
new spa [X-r, written 
and produced with the help 
of students. 

Among other functions, 
it is intended as a vehicle for 
student expression, and all 
students are urged to partic- 
ipate with submissions of 
written and artistic material. 

The college seeks to ful- 
fill the statement for aca- 
demic freedom in working 

with the students in the pro- 
duction of this paper. 

All publications are sub- 
ject to review by the 
Publications Action Group, 
which has been delegated 
the responsibility to review 
all college publications for 
content and accuracy. 

The Courier is an equal 

opportunity employer and 

student organization. All 
students are encouraged to 


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Shelton biology teacher 

cited in new book 

Shelton State hiolog) 
teacher Chris Haynes was 
recenih cited in a new book 
entitled Fishes of Alabama by 
H. T. Boschung, R. I 
Mayden. and illustrated by 
Joseph Tomdkri. 

This 736-page book is the 
must current and comprehen- 
sive work on Alabama's fish 

The book features life his- 
tor\ information and distribu- 
tion maps as well as color 
drawings of 345 species of 

Havncs's contributions are 
drawings of aquatic insecLs 
found in the glossary of the 
text as well as participating in 
the collection of many of the 
specimens that are featured in 

Photo/Brandon Lovett 

Chris Waynes, a friohgy 
teacher at Shelton, was recent- 
ly cited in Fishes of 

the book. 

"Way to go ( hris. . .We are 
proud of you," said Sara 
Breni/cr, Shelton hiolog v 


From Page 1 

not turned the tide against illit- 
eracy in this state. "What thev 
are really talking about is a 
problem with adult education. 
"The illiterate o[' the pop- 
ulation comes, largely, from 
people w ho stopped their edu- 
cation years ago. And this is 

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Popular music instructors Clenrfa 
Blackshear and Dr. Mark Brown 
accompanied by Susan Goode were 
the first performer* in this year's 
Terrific Tuesday concerts. Both 
Blackshear, mezzo-soprano, and 
BfOWit, tenor, pr, d they are as 
talented performers as they are 

where a school like Shelton 
State comes in. We're work- 
ing to team up the community 
colleges with the elementary 
Schools to see that the students 
who are learning to read in 
school are reinforced b\ read- 
ing parents at home. This is 
the only wav we're going to 
be able to break the vicious 
circle of illiteracy in some 
areas of this state.'* 

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Terrific Tuesday Concerts 

Shelton State Announces Fall 2004 Terrific Tuesdm f Performances, The college 
zvill host a vmiety of programs featuring professional musicians from various col- 
leges, students performers and ensembles that are sure to delight those of all musi- 
cal tastes. All performances will begin at 1 p.m. in the Alabama Poroer Recital Hall 
on the Shelton State Martin Campus (unless otherwise noted) and are free and 

open to the public. 

Sept. 14 


Vocal Ensemble 

Director: Dr. I xslie Poss 

Sept. 21 

Chamber Music Program 

Jonathan Noffsinger, saxophone 

Gary Smoke, piano 

Sept. 28 

. Shelton State Jazz Einsemble 
Dr. Alan Blackshear 

Oct. 26 

Piano Program 
Amanda Penick 

Faculty - University of Alabama 

Nov. 2 

Piano Program 
Featuring students of Amanda Penick 

Nov. 9 

Shelton State Jazz Band 


Director Dr. Alan Blackshear 


Nov. 16 

Music for the Harp 
Mary Beth Cavert 


Featuring Shelton State applied stu 


Oct. 1 2 

Montev alio Trio 

Cynthia Jones, piano 

Jinsong Gas, violin 

Wei Liu, cello 

Oct 19 

Piano Ensemble 
Director: Syble Coats 

Nov. 23 

Alumni Program 

Featuring former student of Shelton 

State Community College 

Nov. 30 


Featuring applied students of Shelton 

State Community College 

Dec. 7 

Lighting of the Christmas Tree 
Music Department Concert, Atrium 



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2004 Lady Bucs' Soccer Schedule 

Sept 18 
Sept 19 
Sept 22 
Sept 24 
Sept 25 
Sept 26 
Oct. 1 
Oct 2 
Oct 9 
Oct 14 
Oct 15 
Oct 17 
Oct 19 
Oct 20 
Oct 26 

Meridian CC @ Meridian, MS, 5 p.m. 
Navarro CC ^ Hinds Meridian, MS, 1 p.m. 
Gulf Coast CC @* Perkinston, MS 1 p.m. 
Hiwassee College @ Shelton State, 2 p.m. 
Louisburg College @ Spartanburg, SC, 4 p.m. 
Spartanburg Meth. «' Spartanburg, SC, 4 p.m. 
Hinds County CC @ Meridian, MS, 4 p.m. 
Meridian CC @ Meridian, MS, 3 p.m. 
Georgia Coll. JV @ Milledgeville, GA, 2 p.m. 
Mississippi Delta @ Decatur, MS, 2 p.m. 
Faulkner University @ Shelton State, 3 p.m. 
Spartanburg Meth. @* Shelton State, 1 p.m. 
BPCC vs. U. of Mobile ® Shelton State, noon 
BPCC @ Shelton State, noon 
Hiwassee College @ Madison, TN 3 p.m. 

Head Coach-Nellie Christian 

Assistant Coach-Channing Howington 

Student Assistants-Steven Hardin and Josh Miller 

Bucs getting their feet under 

them for soccer season 

By Barret Smith 

Staff Writer 

By all accounts, the Shelton State 
lady Bucs SOOOer team has been off 
to a pretty good start so far this sea- 
oo. They are .^-2. 

The first loss was a disappointing 
one to Andrew College of Cuthbert 
Georgia on Friday, Sep 3. The 5 to 1 
beating they book in that game cer- 
tainly was not indicative of this year 
Lad) Bucs learn, ; ording to the 
Bucs" coach. 

The disappointing loss drew this 
comment from Head Coach Nellie 
Christian, "Willi the learn we have, it 
should have been a belter game than 
that. And it you o>uld ask am of the 
players the) would tell you that they 
would like to hav e that one back." 

When asked w hat she thought the 
team needed to work on. midfielder 
Maria Lizcano said. "We could be 
more aggressive and make belter 

Apparently the lady Bucs did 
exactly that, following up the l< 
with a verv decisive 8-0 shutout of 

Hiw asse. 

One good sign tor the 1 ady Bucs 
is that it has been a team effort thus 
tar in the sense that over seven play- 
ers have scoffed in the first three wins. 

Als. i. to the credit of goal ie Jessica 
Martinez and the rest 1 4 the defense, 
aside from the one loss only one goal 
has been scored on the Bucs in the 
iher 3 contests and shots on goal 
have also been hard to come by for 
most of the Lad) Bucs* latest oppo- 
nents. One of the other positives, Sara 

Notion says, is "We have eood com- 
municalion on the field." 

So there definitely seems to be a 
lot of upside to this team. 

On Sept. 9, the Bucs fell to the 
University of Mobile Junior Varsii\ 

If you want to make it out u 
the 1 ady Bucs s.ieecr team there will 
definitely tx few more chances for 
ou to do so. I he team is currently on 
the road quite a bit but the) will be 
back at Shelton for a home game on 
Sept. 24 when the) meet up with 
Hiwasse again. 



It's not about 
where you are, 

but where 
you're going. 

It's not about 

who you are, 

but who you 

want to be. 


Educating for Life 

University ofMontevallo 

Alabama s Public Liberal Arts University * 

Sept. 14-28, 2004 

g^clton j&tate Courier 

Page 5 

Kritix Korner 

By Chris McNac 

Pleasure, guilt, and the recording industry 

The writer with the >ha%$y 
mane but well-groomed opkh 
nion ;s bade. 

Memorex must be making 
a killing these days. Most of 
the eds in my collection arc 
now Memorc\ burned eds: 
which is bad news for the 
recording industry and music 
labels, especially since I don't 
think I'm alone in this. 

Neither does the RIAA 
(Recording Industry 

Association of America), who 
has presented lawsuit after 
lawsuit against Internet users 
they've tracked downloading 
their music and burning, or 
copying, the songs to blank 

But is it reallv doing am 

There are countless u2u 
(user to user) programs like 
Kazaa and DC that allow 
anonymous internet users to 
connect with each other and 
share songs and videos and. to 
tell sou the truth, the selection 
is is just as goxJ as it's ever 

It seems for ev ery person 
sued, there's another music 
junkie ready to share their 
cache with the world* perhaps 
just in defiance of the RIAA 
and their seemingly frivolous 
lawsuits. So, where is this 

Presented as a question of 
ethics though, is this right? I'd 
never thought much about it 
until recently when I down- 
loaded an album I'd been 
impatiently waiting months to 
hear. It hasn't been released 
yet, but DC is great for finding 
leaked albums. 

And it came through in my 
search tor finding this album 
as well, hut I tried to keep 
myself from listening to it 
because of how much respect I 
have for the artist. 

This is when I began ques- 

tioning the ethics in down- 
loading music and burning it 
to a disc essentially free of 
charge, save the price of the 
blank disc and the possible 
harm to your computer. 

But I'll get to the latter 
concern in a moment. 

Whenever you hear about 


another lawsuit the RIAA has 
initiated or see the ridiculous 
amount they're suing for 
scrolling across the marquee 
on CNN, you can't help but 
imagine that this company 
must be run by a bunch of fat- 
cat, rich executives who have 
no reason to worry about the 
pennies they're losing from 
the Internet users who just 
want a nice soundtrack for 
their commute to and from 


The truth is. these pirates, 
sans the eyepatches and 
peglegs. are apathetic to the 
concerns of the recording 

No one really knows or 
■ how much they're los- 
ing, but when you've got the 
album you wanted on your 
harddrive. it really seems 
jx)inlless to buy the cd as well. 
And as 1 said. I'm definitelv 

not alone in this. 

Speaking oi' the cd. it's 
actually very go<xl. It's called 
"From a Basement on the 
Hill" and was to be Elliot) 
Smith's sixth solo album. 

Turns out. it became his 

last. Elliott Smith was a ver\ 
shy and timid singcrsong- 
w riter (whose latest cd, lift, 
and untimely death I will 
review in the next issue) and 
probably wouldn't have mind- 
ed that 1 downloaded his 

He wrote the music for 
himself to battle vears of 
depression and drug abuse and 
as long as people show ed up at 
his concerts genuinely affect - 
ed by what he had to say; the 
money really didn't matter. 

This certainly isn't the case 
with many current bands, who 
immediately get lumped int 
the same fat-cat stereotype as 
soon as they complain about 
no one buy ing their eds. 

Perhaps the most vocal and 
well-know n dissenter o( music 
pirating is Metal lica. a band 
who just can't stop nagging 
the world about how much 
money they're losing. 

Everyone knows they're 

one of the most successful 
bands in the past 20 years and 
eoutd retire now with no 
financial worries. 

But just because they're 
well-to-do. SO to speak, they 
shouldn't be entitled to some 
of the money their work brim 

Unfortunately, most people 
who use the programs I men- 
tioned really don't care about 
the bands either, so that begs 
the question: Where is this 

Personally. 1 don't see the 
lawsuits ever working com- 

You may shock and awe a 
few pe< >ple out of their ritualis- 
tic downloading habits and 
into a music store, but most 
people aren't affected. Nor 
will they be. 

These programs like Ka/aa 
and IX ) can oiler a great deal 
of comforting anonymity to 
the user, but what do they want 

To he continued... 

Look for the rest of 

McNac's piracy discus* 

sion in the next issue of 

the Courier... 


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1 776 brines national Wanna be a Shelton State Idol? 

history to life 

Theatre Tuscaloosa proud- 
ly presents 7776. America's 
pri/c winning musical as the 
opening production of their 
2004*200$ season. The pro- 
duction will run Sept. 24 
through (Xn. 3 at the Bcan- 
Br< m n Theatre on the campus 
of Shelton State 

I Tie talented cast is com- 
prised of Theatre Tuscaloosa 
veterans as well a> a number 

of new faces 
making their 

debut. Paul K 

Loooey, Artistic 
1) i rector 
Emeritus, will 

/ 776 is a cap- 
tivating musical 
about the leaders 

who forged our 

nation. using 
their hearts, their minds and 
their raw courage to bring 
about that most important 
American ideal: independ- 

7776 brimis our national 
histor\ to life, with characters 
we all know —Benjamin 
Franklin, John Adams and 
Thomas Jefferson. 

But what about the rest o\' 
the patriots who signed the 

Declaration of Independence? 

What compelled them to join 
the light for freedom? What of 
their wives, their families? 


1776 brings their stories to life 
with music, intrigue and pas- 

Abigail Adams and 
Martha Jefferson prove that 
their husbands' love of coun- 
try was intertwined with love 
i f family. Above all. 1776 is a 

tale of the fervent hopes and 
the unflappable commitment 
of the patriots behind the doc- 
ument upon which our nation 
was built. 

ljoone\ commented, "he 
always loved 1776. It has 
always been a musical that 
moved me— the romance, the 
humor, the rousing music and 
masterful lyrics. And ii*s very 
dramatic. You find yourself 
half way through the second 

act breathless over whether or 

not they're going to get the 
Declaration of Independence 

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The actors who wilt 
embody America's famous 
(and infamous) heroes include 
James Taylor, coordinator of 

the opera program at the 
Universit\ of Alabama who 
will ptay John Adams. lav lor 
has performed over twenty 

leading poles with companies 
such as New York City ( )pem 
National Company. San 
Francisco Opera, Wester ti 
Opera Theater, HI Paso Opera. 

and Hawaii Opera Theater. He 
has performed as soloist with 
the Alabama S\ ntphohy, 

A r k a it s a 

Symphony, Yale 

Chattanoog a 
Symphony and 

Michigan State 

appearing in the 

show include Jeff 
Wilson as Thomas 
Jefferson. Chark 

Prosser as 

Benjamin Franklin, (Hen 
Johnson as John Dickinson. 
David Blackwell as Richard 
Henry lee. A\a Buchanan as 
Abigail Adams. Lisa Waldrop 
as Martha Jefferson and 
George Thauard as Lyman 

Rounding out the cast of 
27 are: Rohn Rhodes, Bill 
Aldridge. Bruce Skclton. 
Michael Chambers. Kvle 
Everette, Te r rv Olivet. 
Stephen Borclli. Richard 
Keenam. Wescott Youngson, 
David Tidmore. Jim Bonds. 
Taylor Bridges. Russ Frost, 
Joe\ Lay and Jake Bovd. 

In addition to Looney as 
director and scenic designer, 
the artistic staff includes musi- 
cal director Leslie I*oss. cos- 
tume designer Jeanctte 
Waterman, lighting designer 
Frin Hisey and stage manager 
Amanda Sullivan Dodson. 

Peiformances are sched- 
uled lor 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24. 
25, 30, Oct, 1 and 2. 2 p.m. 

performances are scheduled 

(m- Sept. 26. 29 and Oct. 3. A 
*'Pa\ What You Can" dress 


rehearsal prev iew is scheduled 
for Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 

Tickets are $22 for adults 
and $17 for seniors, students 
and children. Shelton State 
students mav purchase a ticket 
for $6 with their Student LD. 
To purchase tickets, visit the 
Theatre Tuscaloosa Box 
Office in the lobby of the 
Bean-Brown Theatre or call 
205-39 1 -2277. 

B\ Antonio Neveb 

Staff Writer 

Last semester, it was 
announced that as a part of 

Qualitv Month Shelton State 
will ht*>t the first ever Shelton 
Slate Idol contest. 

The competition will be 

held on Tuesdays during 

October from 1 1:30-1 p.m. Up 
to 12 participants will be 
selected to compete after 
going through an audition 

Faeh week competitors 
will sing a song oi their 
choice, and the- student body 
will vote to see who will move 
on to the following competi- 
tion-until a winner is declared 
on Oct 26. 

In the beginning, the rales 
weren't all that well known 
but now information is aplen- 
ty. You can also find these 
rules also on the back of the 

applications which can be 
found in the Counseling 
( enter. . . 

1 . ( Competitors need to be 
currentlv enrolled students 
(because it's the Shelton UM) 

2. There will be no props 
allowed during the competi- 

3. Onl) solo acts- no duels 
or groups 

4. You will need to be 
available Tuesday, Sep. 7H at 
1 2:30 p.m. for auditions 

5. During the audition. \ou 
need to have a verse and cho- 
rus of a song prepared to sing- 

vou mu\ sing a cappella (w ilh- 
out music) or you mas have a 
tape or CI ) to aco >mpan\ \ ou. 

6. You will only have one 
minute of singing time during 
the audition. 

7. There will be no profan- 
ity allowed in any songs to be 

pe r formed 

8. You must provide any 

music that is needed lor your 


Applications need to be 
turned in to the President's 

Office b\ Friday, Sept. 24 in 

order to audition for the com- 

It has just been confirmed 
that not onlv will students be 


able to vote, but faculty and 
staff as well. For more infor- 
mation, please speak with 
Moll) Booth, President's 
Office. Like everythine else in 
the world, it all depends on 

Please go out and partici- 
pate in the activities because 
this is something that you will 
surely never forget, whether 
you v i >te or actually attempt to 
do a little bit of singing. The 
deadline for the applications is 

Sent. 24. 

So fill out an application 
and maybe you can collect on 
that $500 book scholarship. 

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Nursing program hosts health fairs 

By Kevin E. Beluc 

Staft Writer 

The Shelton State Nursing 
program will be hosting a 
variety of health fairs in the 
month of September. These 
events will address important 
health issues that the commu- 

nity should be aware of. On 
Sept. 12 from 12:30 p.m.-2 
p.m. at Bailey Tabernacle 
CMH church, located on I llh 
street and 21st avenue, there 
will be blood pressure screen- 
ings for all who attend, 
refreshments will also be pro- 
vided. The following Sunday, 

Sept. 19 from 1 
Hol\ Spirit Catholic Church 
there will be another opportu- 
nity for the com muni I v to 
have their blood pressure 
monitored, enjov food, fun 

and speak with representatives 

about Shelton Suite's nursing 

Challenge 21 is bringing the Birmingham Pledge 

to Shelton State Community College 

Thursday, September 16, 2004 
Shelton State Brooks-Cork Library 

The Birmingham Pledge: 

•I believe that every person has worth as an individual. 

•I believe that every person is entitled to dignity and respect, regardless 

of race or color. 

•I believe that every thought and every act of racial prejudice is harmful; 

if it is my thought or act, then it is harmful to me as well as to others. 

•Therefore, from this day forward J will strive daily to eliminate racial 

prejudice from my thoughts and actions. 

•I will discourage racial prejudice by others at every opportunity. 

•I will treat all people with dignity and respect; and I will strive daily to 

honor this pledge, knowing that the world will be a better place because 

of my effort. 

Stop by and Sign the Pledge! 

Sept 14-28.2004 

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From Page 1 

there ,i She hoi i college life? 

U> the students care? Does 

the i I ministration real I v cat 

ii> roster one? 

The answer to the hitter 
question would seem to be 
"Yev" if you go I >m- 

meats of the new Jean of stu- 
dents at Sheiton: Tommv 


Taylor. Getting students more 
involved in the liege's clubs 

.md organizations is. he saw 
die of the more important of 
the many goals he has tor this 


"It is m> hope that more 
students will get involved this 
> ear in our w ide variety of col- 
lege-wide organizations, such 

as I'I'K | Phi Theta Kappa 

community college academic 

honorary |. the Alro-Amcrican 
Cultural Association. Circle 
K, Ambassadors and the mam 
other student clubs and organ- 
izations available at the col- 

I here are other organiza- 
tions, including the one put- 
ting out this product: the 
Sheiton State Courier. There 
is also a chess club, sometimes 
an ecology club that takes 
canoe trips— and there are 
run* >rs i if other clubs and enti- 
ties as well. 

Susan Mohun, the assis- 
tant dean ^ student life w hose 
job it is to promote student 
involvement on campus, is 
elearlv aware of the chal- 
lenges of the job. There are 
manv organizations on cam- 
pus, but most o\ l he active 

ones require special qualifica- 
tions and-or an application 
process. You can't just sign up 

for Ambassadors or Sheiton 
Singers or even Phi Theta 

Kappa. We have had a chess 

club, and there will protxihlv 
be am 'titer this year. Hut that 
and a proposal For a wrestling 
club are the onlj two I've 

been asked about in the six 

years I've been here." 

The trouble with realizing 
wide spread participation 
would seem 60 lie with the 
reluctance of students to get 

involved vviih extracurricular 
activities at Sheiton— or any 
other college tor that matter. 
There is no wav the 


Sheiton administration is 
going to spend monc\ (osier- 
ins these activities mi a limit- 
ed budget, unless the students 
real I \ want a student life and 
will support it. 

It sterns to be a classic 
case of the chicken and the 

A v e in point about stu- 

dent desires for a college life 
tn be seen with Mohan's 
experience with intramural s 
I here has been talk and brain- 
storming for sears about this 
staple of school life, but what 
do the students want? I've 
done KX) surveys of stu- 

dents during Start i p days.* 1 
Mohun says, "and onh about 
30 of the 400 students indicat- 
ed ihc\ would be willing to 

participate in tniramurnlv 

Would it be worth trying i 


As the paradox of student 
life continues at the college. 

there are at least two* nganiza- 
tions on campus that crave 
student involvement on a 
viewing audience basis: the- 

aire and athletics. 

An earl\ starter, the SOCCer 
team is approaching mid sea- 
m >n al read) and has been pro- 
ducing entertaining student 
life for almost a month now. 

The home games are 
played on Shclton's own field 
< m the w est end of the campus, 
including games with teams 
from Mississippi. South 
Carolina and Tennessee. An 
Update of the season and a 
schedule of upcoming games 
are presented on page four of 
this issue. 

Bv w ay of perfor min g arts. 
Theatre Tuscaloosa, which is 

housed on campus, is promot 
ins its 2(XW-0.^ season. This 
fall, the plays are 1776. a 
musical on Sept. 24 ( let 3 and 

the drama Proof a tn Nt n 5-14; 
the spring plays are the classic 

Arthur Miller drama Death of 

a vnan Feb. IK- 27 and 

teel Magnolias on April 22- 

Yluv I 

Next summer the shows 
will be the musical Smoke on 
the Mountain June 3 12 and 
the legendary Andrew Lloyd 
Webber musical Cats from 
July 19-24. The cost to stu- 

dents to attend these show-, is 
$6 lor musicals and $5 U vt dra- 

With an all-jv>wcrful uni- 
veisitv just dow n the mad and 
w ith a commuter student hod\ 

largel) balancing work with 
Study, Sheiton State will eon- 
sider to strut* tile into the future 
with its identit\ and its 


approach to fostering a sense 

of community. 

But one good thing, the 

administration seems genuine- 
ly interested in knowing what 
indents want, how thev want 

to be involved. 

To express your opinion or 
am more about the organ- 

izations available at the col- 
lege, call Susan Mohun at 

391-2223. I hat is. if \ou 


From Pace I 

Tuscah * >sa has in the past and 

stilt does feature some of the 
mo>[ talented and well-known 

acts, musicians, and sound 
engineers in the business 

I nc Beech, owner of 
Mako's liar seemed to a 

I think se>me people should 
nt be here. The\ should be- 
doing something more, not 
just entertaining jieople in 

[uscaloosii I he crowds are 

not goini; out \'or music; it's 
drink specials. I personally 
would rather hear a live band 
and go»*l music. But. song- 
writers do better here if thev 
are already known." said 

For some reason, many of 
the artists that have come and 
gone in Tuscaloosa could not 
find the respect they descrv ed. 
Whv? The best answer I 
received came from long-time 


Tuscafoosan, l>avid (iulliver. 

Gulliver, a sound engineer 
and drummer, moved to 
Tuscaloosa at the auc of seven 
from Minnesota, (iul liver, 
now in his forties, Spent most 
of his life in Tuscaloosa. 
While working at Decade 
Music, he performed all over 
the South and mingled with 
local musicians dav after da> . 

Gulliver has now mov ed to 
Nashville, lenn.. and is cur- 
rently working as a studio 

engineer recording some of 

Shade Tree hopes to promote then original music ami 
not iu<t fail in line with the cover band scene. 

the biggest names in country 
music: ( ieorge Jones. Kennv 
Rodecrs. Tern Clark. BilK 
Oarringlon. and Alan Jackson. 
He has also begun playing 
drums with a Nashv ille clique 
entitled "Music Mafia.** This 
clique includes the popular 
group Big and Rich, known 
for their SOOg "Save a horse 

ride a cowboy," 

When I asked Gulliver 
what he thought about the 
music scene in Tuscaloosa he 
summed it up perfectly, "It has 

always been good, full of tal- 
ented players. The highest 
problem it has is there is not 

real I \ am wav to promote 

www * 

original music. I mean, it's a 
college town. People want to 
patty, dance and listen loco* er 


The people in Tuscaloosa 
are wonderful in their support 
of the music scene in general, 
but often times what is being 
performed must he familiar 
and accepted by not. just the 

individual but also their peers. 
Kor this reason main groups, 
such as mv own uroup Shade 
I ree. try to mix up covers and 
originals. After all. you can't 
be a performer if no one is 
there to watch you. 

Look far more on the 

local band scene in 

the next issue of the 


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Sept 14-28,2004 

Read the book. Think about the 

And, one day... meet the author 

This fall, the Shelton State Courier plans to 

bring the author of a fascinating 
new book about the history of 
Alabama to campus. Over the 
next few issues, we will be telling 
you more and more about: 
hisidi Mabama: A Personal 
History of My State, by Harvey 
H. Jackson 
Jackson loves a good paradox, and he delin- 
eates quite a few in Inside Alabama: 'In 1906 
Alabama earned $400,000 from convict labor, 
more than four times what it collected a few years 
before. Reformers might decry how the system 
profited from human misery, but no would could 
deny that in Alabama crime paid.'* 

Another irony Jackson examines is how a pro- 
gressive governor like Bibb Graves was trumped 
by big business interests. Graves wanted to fund 
public education through a tax on businesses' gross 
receipts, but "...conservatives pushed through a 
sales tax instead. Fearing his whole program 
would fail, Graves signed the act into law. 

Shelton State Community College 

Athletic Department 

Friday, October 29, 2004 

11:30 a.m. - Lunch 

1:00 p.m. - Golf 

Tannehlll National Golf Course 

McCalla, Alabama 

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2004-2005 SSCC Men's 
Basketball Schedule 

Nov. 5-6 
Nov. 9 
Nov. 12 
Nov 16 
Nov. 22-23 

Dec. 2 
Dec. 6 
Dec. 9 
Dec. 11 
Dec. 19-21 
Jan. 6 
Jan. 13 
Jan. 18 
Jan. 20 
Jan. 24 
Jan, 27 
Jan. 31 
Feb. 3 
Feb. 7 
Feb. 10 
Feb. 14 
Feb. 17 
Feb. 21 
Feb. 28 
March 3 
March 9-12 


Alabama Southern @ Umphrey Center, 7:30 p.m. 

LBW @> Umphrey Center, 7:30 p.m. 

Meridian @ Meridian, MS, 7 p.m. 

Southland International Classic @ Umphrey Center 

Monday vs. Wallace Selma, 8 p.m.; 

Tuesday vs. Pensacola Jr. College, 8 p.m. 

Meridian Umphrey Center, 7:30 p.m. 

Faulkner State (^ Bay Minette, AL, 7:30 p.m. 

LBW @> Andalusia, AL, 7:30 p.m. 

Southern Union @ ! Umphrey Center, 7:30 p.m. 

Polk Tournament (<P Winter Haven, FL, TBA 

Enterprise-Ozark Enterprise, 7:30 p.m. 

Wallace-Selma # Umphrey Center, 7:30 p.m. 
*Snead State @ Boaz, AL, 7:30 p.m. 
*NW Shoals @ Umphrey Center, 7:30 p.m. 
*Gadsden State @ Gadsden, AL , 7:30 p.m. 
*Wallace-Hancevilie ^ Umphrey Center, 7:30 p.m. 
*Bevill-Fayette @ Fayette, AL, 7:30 p.m. 
*BevilI-Walker @ Umphrey Center, 7:30 p.m. 
*Lawson State # Birmingham, AL, 7:30 p.m. 
*Snead State @ Umphrey Center, 7:30 p.m. 
*NW Shoals ® Muscle Shoals, AL, 7:30 p.m. 
*Gadsden State @ Umphrey Center, 7:30 p.m. 
*WalIace-Hanceville ("' Hanceville, AL, 7:30 p.m. 
*Bevill-Fayette @ Umphrey Center, 7:30 p.m. 
*Bevill-Walker @ Jasper, AL 7:30 p.m. 
*Lawson State (^ Umphrey Center, 7:30 p.m. 
ACCC State Tournament «' Shelton State 

*Conference Games 

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